Ryan Fogle after his arrest by the FSB, with items he was carrying, including wigs, a large sum of cash and technical equipment, on May 14, 2013, in Moscow, Russia
US diplomat Ryan Fogle, who was accused of spying for the CIA in Moscow, has left Russia, Russian television has reported.
On Sunday, NTV television broadcast footage showing Fogle going through passport control and security at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow.
Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) announced on May 14 that Fogle, a 29-year-old third secretary in the US Embassy, had been caught trying to recruit a Russian intelligence agent in the Caucasus.
Russia declared Fogle "persona non grata" for what the Russian foreign ministry called "provocative actions in the spirit of the Cold War."
Little is known publicly about Fogle's duties and activities in Russia. The US State Department confirmed he worked as an embassy employee but would give no details about his job. The CIA has made no comment.
Following the decision to expel Fogle, Russia publicized the identity of the CIA's chief in Moscow
A FSB spokesman said that back in 2011, his agency had “officially warned” the CIA station chief in Moscow over what it called “provocative recruiting moves towards Russian security services officers,” and threatened “reciprocal measures towards CIA officers.”
“We decided to warn our American colleagues and ask them to stop these activities,” the FSB agent said.
It is common practice for the intelligence agencies of the United States and Russia to identify to each other their top officials in their respective embassies, but they are not identified publicly.
Russia orders expulsion of 'CIA spy' after arrest
Published by AlJazeera, on May 14, 2013
[Admin. Note: This video contains interesting details of a page, seized by the FSB, providing instructions as to the banter spies are to use when offering bribes to members of the Russian Secret Service whom they are trying to recruit as sources - pretty amateur stuff.]
Relations between Russia and the United States look to be suffering after Moscow ordered the expulsion of a U.S. diplomat over accusations of spying. Russian security services say they caught a US diplomat, who they claim is a CIA agent, as he was trying to recruit a Russian intelligence officer. Ryan Fogle was a third secretary at the US Embassy in Moscow but has now been declared a 'persona non grata' and ordered to leave the country. Al Jazeera's David Chater reports from Moscow.